Changing Faces considers restructure to address 'challenging funding environment'

A source at the charity claims jobs are at risk, but the organisation says it is unable to give any details to protect the confidentiality of those involved

Jobs could be at risk at the disfigurement charity Changing Faces as the charity considers a restructure to address "a challenging funding environment", Third Sector has been told.

The charity, which celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year, has faced financial challenges in recent years, and said it was reviewing its structure to provide services "in the most effective, impactful and efficient way".

A source at the charity, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Third Sector that as many as 10 jobs could be at risk from the restructure. The charity declined to respond to the source’s claim directly and nobody was available on Wednesday morning to confirm how many staff it employs.

According to its website, Changing Faces employs about 30 people, but the source said a number of staff at the charity, some senior, had departed over the past few months and not been replaced.

The charity said some of the information provided by the source around staff departures was incorrect but declined to provide full details.

Changing Faces’ most recent accounts show an income of approximately £1.8m and spending of almost £1.9m for the year to 31 March 2016, which brought a total loss of £32,313, compared with a loss of £254,343 in 2015.

In his introduction to the latest accounts, David Clayton, chair of Changing Faces, says the 2015/16 financial year "has not been an easy year in any way as we have wrestled with the need to rationalise the services we offer", but the charity has "started to regain our financial equilibrium".

In a statement responding to questions from Third Sector, Becky Hewitt, chief executive of Changing Faces, said: "Changing Faces supports people who have a medical condition, mark or scar that makes them look different. We know how important our services are for people across the UK.

"Like many charities, Changing Faces has faced a challenging funding environment over the last few years and we are reviewing our structure to ensure we can provide the best possible services in the most effective, impactful and efficient way and to reflect the changing needs of the charity.

"We cannot discuss any details – in order to protect the confidentiality of those involved."

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